connellytat February 01,2015 Nice primer on DarkNets. I had read about them in the news, and heard about several of the ones mentioned. I had been wondering for a while how users search/find things on them. My understanding is there are also forums out on the DarkNets. Some of those forums are monitored by information security firms to see what sites/companies are going to be attacked, or have compromised systems as part of botnets. Those companies then sell that information as a service.
jczarnyat February 01,2015 Interesting video on DarkNets. I was was vaguely familiar with the terms DarkNet, Silk Road, and TOR before, but this video really tied it all together. I was unaware that TOR was a gateway to the DarkNet, previously believing that TOR was used specifically for keeping people out of your business/expressing yourself anonymously. I believe TOR is a great tool expressing freedom of speech, especially in countries with oppressive regimes. As with many tools, there are ways to use them for good and evil. I do not believe the idea of TOR should be suppressed due to how some individuals use it.
dmoravalat February 02,2015 The way criminals get a ride from technology is impressive. They have transformed what is the Internet to a black market. The way they have developed e-businesses, Encryption, payment process, QR codes, vendor approval online. This video got me a better understanding about illicit activities online. Drugs, fake passports, SSN, even assassination and child pornography. In addition, I never thought they have commercials to attract customers. However, these tools used to do criminal activities are used in undeveloped nations to express freedom of speak. That is something necessary for our peoples.
kcn278at February 05,2015 Never knew that it was that simple to access the darknet / black market. I always thought it that a connection based in terms of someone knowing someone from the inside who knows another and etc. I also envisioned it being filled with tons of malware (it probably is for some domains). Torrenting is not surprising to me. The fact that you can buy weed from one of the sites mentioned in the video got me thinking if that is how high school junkies obtain their product. Here and there you may see a high school student go to a private or empty location to do some type of dealing, but you never know for sure exactly; its an assumption.
DPerryat February 16,2015 I'm just gonna say - I think the internet, as a whole, was always a dark place to be. This back market is merely the cloaking of what always existed. Do you not recall the most basic of chat rooms? Myspace? Even during the times of dial up, the internet was, frankly, being used by individuals who craved a new sense of freedom and sometimes trips down the proverbial "rabbit hole." The internet will be and always has been a dark place.